In the January 2013 New Era, Elder David A. Bednar offers us advice on “How to always have the Spirit to be with us.”
After you are baptized as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you are confirmed by a worthy Melchizedek priesthood holder and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Each week, we have the opportunity to renew our baptismal covenants by partaking of the sacrament. Through this ordinance, we are reminded that we may always have His Spirit to be with us.
Elder Bednar reminds us that the best way to invite the Holy Ghost into our lives is through:
* meaningful personal and family prayer
* feasting upon the words of Christ
* diligent and exacting obedience
* faithfulness and honoring of covenants
* virtue, humility, and service
We are encouraged to keep ourselves and our lives as clean as the day we were baptized.
READER CHALLENGE: Look at your life, and evaluate whether you are inviting the Spirit into your life. What can you do to welcome Him more fully in your life?
FHE IDEA: Discuss the blessings that you have seen because you have kept your baptismal covenants. Talk about the different gifts of the Spirit. If needed, refer to Gospel Principles, Chapter 22, The Gifts of the Spirit.
SCRIPTURE STUDY: Mosiah 2:36
PRINTABLE HANDOUT: Impressions of the Holy Ghost Printable